Sound Asleep

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Sound Asleep
EP by Evanescence
Released August 1999
Recorded 1999
Length 33:11
Label Bigwig Enterprises
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Sound Asleep (also officialy known as Whisper) is an EP released in August 1999 by Evanescence. It features the first known recording of "Whisper" along with two of the four instrumental tracks released by Evanescence pre-Fallen. It also contains two versions of the song "Understanding" which had previously gained the band airplay on local radio.

A limited edition of only 50 copies were ever made with help from Bigwig Enterprises. It was released with no artwork on CD-R in a flexible 'DiscSaver' case directly to friends and local fans in Little Rock, AR. It wasn't really sold at a show.

Original copies of the EP are understandably very rare. 99.9% of auction listings are fake burned CDs from files found online and most of which contain incorrect tracks and/or edits of "Ascension of the Spirit". In a quote, Brad Caviness of Bigwig Enterprises clarifies details of the release:

Vin1.jpg As far as I know, ALL copies of the Sound Asleep EP were burned with same contents and sequencing, including the instrumental version of "Give Unto Me," "Ascension Of The Spirit," and the lengthy silences preceding the hidden tracks. I can truthfully say I never made the statements attributed to me [by the ebay seller] and, in fact, was not in on any of the discussions regarding the contents or sequencing of the disc. My involvement in the EP was limited to some artwork I mocked up for the project (as did Adrian James) that was ultimately rejected when Ben decided to go with the unprinted discs to save money as well as add mystique, and the fulfillment of about ten "orders" for the disc that were run through me to Ben. So far as a I know, all 50 copies were identical, and all were sold within a 24 hour period.

—Bradley S. Caviness, Bigwig Enterprises[1]


The picture is of Nate Gray's personal, signed copy of the EP.[2]

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Give Unto Me" (Instrumental version)Amy Lee 2:00
2. "Whisper" (Sound Asleep version)Amy Lee, Ben Moody 5:44
3. "Understanding" (Sound Asleep version)Ben Moody 4:55
4. "Forgive Me"  Amy Lee, Ben Moody 3:01
5. "Understanding" (Evanescence EP version)Ben Moody 7:21
6. "Ascension of the Spirit"    11:48
Total length:

Album cover

An album cover can be seen when searching the old pages of the Bigwig website through the WayBack Machine.[3] This is the only way to access the original image, featuring a red abstract image. It's size is 185 x 185 pixel, and all bigger versions of it were resized and upscaled later losing resolution, since there's no other official resource for the cover. The file name is "goblin.jpg", it is unknown whether it has something to do with the painting and/or the band or not. The cover was advertised on the website but never printed, and in 2003 the cover was replaced with a generic CD image[4] - the "goblin" cover was never used as the known copies of this EP come in a bare case without printed artwork.


You can download a Perfect Rip of the EP here: